Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, as well as five other defendants,
were found guilty of tax evasion on Wednesday. After a three-hour jury
room meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Judge Antonella Brambilla ruled in
the case on one of the two counts.
The designers were sentenced by the judge to one year and eight months. The designers are expected to appeal the decision.
BALENCIAGA is reportedly suing former creative director Nicolas
Ghesquière - following a controversial interview that was published
after his exit from the fashion house, in which he criticised the
brand's management. A spokesperson on behalf of the fashion house could
not be reached for comment.
According to French business magazine
Challenges, Balenciaga - which is owned by Kering, formerly known as
PPR - is filing legal charges against the designer for "breach of duty
of confidentiality". The offending interview in question - published in
System magazine in April - was the first time that he had spoken out
since departing the label. A Kering representative declined to comment
on the reports.
Several years into the
recovery from the Great Recession, workers in the fashion and retail
industries are continuing to wait for payback. They are increasingly
dissatisfied with their jobs, less happy with the balance between their
work and the rest of their lives and more likely to be looking for
“Talent is asking for the same
thing it’s been asking for for years, and it remains dissatisfied and
in fact more so,” said Celeste Gudas, president of 24 Seven. “It’s a
very disruptive time in the industry, and with consolidation and the
shift towards e-commerce, workers see fewer opportunities.”
percentage of workers who said they were satisfied with their jobs fell
to 48 percent in this year’s study, sinking below the 50 percent mark
and down from 51 percent in last year’s survey and a robust 60 percent
in 2011. Those indicating they are “highly satisfied” fell to 14 percent
from 16 percent a year ago. The study noted that satisfaction was
greatest in the luxury and direct markets, including e-commerce and
catalogue/mail order, and lowest among lifestyle brands.
But last week, her [Kate Moss] hairstylist Oribe Canales let it slip that Moss in fact completed the shoot and that he was on set to style her hair. Moss is expected to appear on the January cover to coincide with Playboy’s 60th anniversary and the beauty’s own 40th birthday. Fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot her for the issue. We’re also told Moss has commissioned artist Chuck Close to create a work based on the images from her Playboy session.
As predicted, a bill proposing that models under 18 be protected by the
same labor laws that apply to child actors, singers, and performers
passed both houses of New York State legislature yesterday. It's
currently awaiting the governor's signature.
What does this mean?
Basically, a lot of extra paperwork for anyone who wants to hire a
model under 18. Once it becomes law, the bill will require the
1. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone.
2. Minor models will require a special permit to work.
Employers will have to apply for a certificate of eligibility to hire
children, and fill out additional paperwork notifying the state of
specific dates, times, and locations of the jobs beforehand.
4. Child models won't be allowed to work after midnight or return to work less than twelve hours after they've left.
If child models miss more than three days of school, their employer is
required to provide them with a tutor and a space to study.
6. Fifteen percent of a child model's income will be placed into a trust account that they can only access when they turn 18.
I was in a blackout ... I've since discovered that one is a blackout
drinker, what happens is that it can release paranoia of such a stage
that it can trigger frustrations from childhood. And due to that, it can
trigger a self-defense mechanism. Now, having had quite a tough time in
school, and being subjected, persecuted, bullied, called all sorts of
names, as children do, and living a lie, really, because I was gay but I
couldn't admit that at home, honestly I couldn't escape.
around the time of that event, I was heavily researching for my John
Galliano menswear collection, which was inspired by the life of Rudolph
Nureyev, who was an anti-Semite. When I research, I really go into it.
Where does she live? Does she read by candlelight or gaslight, the color
of her hair dye, the scent on her breath — is it gin? — the powder of
her makeup; it helps me to create. It helps me to create a character...
I'm living it, I'm breathing it. I'm not making excuses at all, but this
is the work I've done since that event, to try and find out what
The law, which would give fashion models working in New York the same protections as all other child performers, would discourage designers from hiring any models under the age of 18 — and could completely change the face of fashion.
That team of caretakers doesn’t have to show up for the print modeling part of the job because New York currently fails to provide print and runway models with the same protections as other child entertainers, like actors, musicians, or dancers. But new legislation proposed by Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and State Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino, seeks to close the loophole that excludes print and runway models from the same protections as all other child performers. The legislation — which could pass as soon as this week — was created with the help of the Model Alliance, a non-union organization that fights for fashion model rights, of which Rocha is a vocal and highly visible member. (Models work as independent contractors, and are therefore unable to unionize according to federal antitrust law.) Expanding the definition of child performers to include print and runway models would require young models to have chaperones on set, ensure a portion of their earnings goes into a financial trust, and ensure they don’t miss too much school for work.
If passed, the law could have a dramatic impact on an industry that regularly employs young women under the age of 18 for fashion shows, ad campaigns, and magazine shoots. By making it much more difficult to employ 16- or 17-year-old girls to model (most male models start their careers a little older, around 18 or 19), the controversially very young, very thin look the industry has become known for could finally start to change, to say nothing of the exploitation these young women regularly face.
Stylist Annabel Tollman died suddenly in her sleep from a blood clot this week, sources confirm. She was 36 years old. Known for dressing celebrity clients like the Olsen Twins, Shakira, and Liv Tyler, Tollman also worked as Interview's first-ever fashion director.
After winning one of the biggest settlements of all time in her
child-support battle with François-Henri Pinault, supermodel Linda
Evangelista doesn’t need to rely on her Hard Rock billionaire boyfriend
Peter Morton. The pair have split up, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
rep for Evangelista’s modeling agency, DNA, told us: “We do not comment
on the private life of our clients.” Morton did not return a call
"Nicolas has his own projects already and that was having an effect on his work at Balenciaga. He obviously wasn't happy there any more." As for Ghesquière, not having anyone to guide him in the business, "Nicolas was no longer connecting with his team. All the designers who work for Kering have my mobile. We all text one another - Hedi, Sarah Burton… we're always exchanging ideas. I meet with them whenever they're in Paris."
This seams to be in response to what Ghesquière told System magazine:
"In the end, it felt as though they just wanted to be like any other house," Ghesquière told System magazine. "There was no one helping me on the business side… They wanted to open up a load of stores but in really mediocre spaces... I don't have anything against that [becoming corporate]; actually, the thing that I'm most proud of is that Balenciaga has become a big financial entity ... But I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry… It was really that lack of culture which bothered me in the end."
Pinault also spoke about Stefano Pilati:
"For sure what Stefano Pilati did worked commercially. But Saint Laurent's an amazing brand. It's played a fundamental role in the history of fashion in the 1960s and 1970s and the way we were developing it, we were missing something. I didn't have any idea what, I just knew it wasn't there and when I met Hedi I was amazed by how deep his knowledge of the brand was and what it could be and what it would take to get there. In the short time he's been at Saint Laurent he's changed everything - not just what you see in the collections, but the suppliers, the look of the stores. He's found its DNA." What about Slimane's diva-ish refusal to engage with the press? "Look, he's very busy…"
And what about the Gucci brand?
"As a Frenchman I have a particular world view. In France we don't even see Gucci as a particularly important brand because we have Chanel and Hermes. But Gucci is huge and in Italy, it is like Hermes."
Bloglovin', an RSS aggregator that has been around since 2008, is taking
a different tack: Its goal is to attract the casual consumer that's
more interested in fashion and lifestyle blogs than straight technology,
politics, sports, or science news. To better reach and serve those
readers, Bloglovin' is launching iPad and Android apps to accompany its
existing iPhone and web apps.
Just a couple of weeks
ago, Bloglovin' launched a major redesign of its web app, with a focus
on suggesting content and articles for the casual passerby that doesn't
bother signing in to the site. Since that Tumblr-meets-Pinterest
redesign, Bloglovin' CEO Mattias Swenson tells me that over 500,000 new
users have joined the service in a matter of 10 days. And most of those
users are women — in fact, Swenson says that 90 percent of its over 5
million active users are female. That demographic is painfully obvious
when you first visit the site or open the apps: All of the recommended
sites to follow are either fashion- or lifestyle-focused — think The
Sartorialist and Cupcakes and Cashmere instead of Politico and Wired.
T Magazine’s summer travel issue has elicited more controversy than
anyone probably expected. What to us looked like a pretty
run-of-the-mill fashion photo of model Julia Nobis has inspired anger
from New York Times readers, who complained about Nobis’ thin frame and
T EIC Deborah Needleman responded to the complaints,
saying Nobis was particularly thin after a long fashion week, and that
she had considered photoshopping Nobis to look bigger, but decided not
to since it’s her real body. Needleman’s comments didn’t exactly put the
controversy to rest.
“I hope that one day,” [Eddy]
Nobis writes, “If you ever have a daughter, and she is a 20 year old med
student putting herself through uni, that you can be as proud of her as
I am of my daughter each and every day. And I hope that if she happens
to be a couple of pounds overweight (your genes can do that, Cenk, just
like my genes made Julia a couple of pounds underweight) then she
doesn’t get bullied online by some uninformed populist knuckle dragger
Designer Aamna Aqeel’s latest shoot titled “Be My Slave” falls squarely
into this category. Obviously designed to shock, it shows a model being
pandered to by a dark-skinned child slave. The images are repulsive with
racist and colonialist overtones. The fact that the slave in the
advertisements is a child, makes the images that much more inexcusable.
has barely been designing for two years. She won some critical acclaim
at the fifth edition of Fashion Pakistan Week held recently in Karachi,
but she remains very much an emerging designer with a lot to prove. It
seems that she’s decided, by hook or by crook, it’s time to get noticed.
contacted, Aqeel vehemently denied any racist angle to the shoot at
all. According to her, the choice of a dark-skinned Baloch child was
purely incidental. “He works in a garage and wanted some work,” she
said. Obviously the parents of usual child models wouldn’t have agreed
to the shoot. The pampered little cuties who advertise soap, toothpaste
and biscuits on TV may not have looked right for the part but even if
they had, no one would have let their child play such a degrading role. Aqeel’s
argument is that she wanted to spark a debate on child labour. She says
she is involved with a children’s charity and wanted to highlight how
‘society madams’ employ child labour in their homes. She is educating
and supporting the child used in the shoot — it seems the least she can
do after exploiting him in this fashion.
Raised in London and now based in Paris, she has recently arrived in New York to shoot the Marc Jacobs fall ad campaign—a dream job, she admits cheerfully, that kept her at work “in Central Park until 2:00 a.m.” the night before last. Perhaps you recall the model who wore only a pair of pin-striped shorts, opera-length gloves, and black patent heels in Jacobs’s fall 2013 show? That was McMenamy, covering her chest with her right arm in what was only her third runway appearance, ever. “First I couldn’t really believe that they were asking me to go topless, and then they were, like, ‘We’re being serious,’ and so I was, like, ‘All right. Fine,’ ” she explains with a laugh. “Marc and I talked a lot about my hand positioning. I wanted to do this.” She presses both her palms to her T-shirt. “But he said it’d be much classier with one hand. Like, ‘Oh, Mr. Produuuucer.’ I had to walk three times. When I came backstage after the first, I said, ‘Marc, was it all right?’ and he said, ‘Amazing.’ So I thought, okay, I can do it again.”